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October 16, 2011

European plans to launch sun-orbiting satellite and universe probe

http://www.astronomynow.com/news/n1110/10esa/
The European Space Agency has planned to launch in a couple years a satellite which can go close enough to the sun, and they also have planned for a probe which is able to "map the structure of the universe". This project is called "Solar Orbiter and Euclid". Aside from compliment and budget estimate for the project, the article reported that the satellite can go as far as "26 million miles from the sun's fiery surface" and make observations of the sun. The satellite is expected to reveal some truth about the relationship between the sun and the solar system. On the other hand, the probe will be launched from earth and fly to a gravitationally neutral point between earth and sun so that it can stay firmly while observing. The probe "Elucid" will provide an insight into the dark matter and dark energy by "measuring the accelerated expansion of the universe".

Posted by wangrt at October 16, 2011 04:56 PM

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I wonder how much more we can learn about fusion through this research.

Posted by: kimnath at October 21, 2011 01:39 PM

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